New eatery Brown Bag features classic, healthy lunch options


New eatery Brown Bag features classic, healthy lunch options

Giving Cool Springs foodies another place for lunch, Franklin’s new Brown Bag offers dine-in and catering specials that can adequately serve the most eclectic food palette.

Giving Cool Springs foodies another place for lunch, Franklin’s new Brown Bag offers dine-in and catering specials that can adequately serve the most eclectic food palette.

Owner Jonathan Morris stood in the new eatery on Monday, switching from behind the counter to out on the floor with customers. His business partner Bradley Ternes stood behind the register, taking orders and giving back change.

Actual brown bags found their way to customers who were out the door, while the dine-in crowd sat off to the left waiting on either a signature or grilled entree, ranging from a salmon burger to fish tacos to three different types of chicken sandwiches. Two sides are also an option with more than a half dozen available.

The first of the Brown Bag chain started in East Tennessee, with two locations in Knoxville. When owner-operator Peter Brown approached Morris and Ternes, they jumped at the opportunity to start a location in the Nashville area.

The healthy food concept “with a purpose” hopes to attract new customers who might want to get out of the grind of regular food stops. It’s catering menu also offers a wide selection for companies from the classic menu to the fajita bar, soup and baked potato option.

“Catering is probably going to be our big niche,” Morris said. “It’s stress-free, fresh and we deliver. It’s perfect for office lunches, and the menu provides enough variety that everyone can find something.”

Morris said he hopes to see around 150 people daily in and out of the restaurant.

“So far, we’ve started off pretty well,” he said. “We hope we just see that continue to grow.”

Brown Bag opens at 7 a.m. with Honeybee Coffee to give caffeine connoisseurs a different option than the regular stops.

“If you’re tired of Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, this is the place you want to stop in,” Morris said.

The store closes up shop at 2 p.m. after the lunch rush but remains open for dinner pickup orders until 5 p.m. at 420 Cool Springs Boulevard.

For more information on Brown Bag, visit brownbagnow.com.

Emily West covers Franklin for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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